Treasury says state tax cuts OK if separated from virus aid
The nonprofit Tax Foundation said in an analysis last week that state tax cuts financed by natural growth in state revenue or new tax hikes likely are fine under the federal law. The Republican-led Oklahoma House last week passed bills to reduce the corporate and individual income tax rates and restore the ability for a refund of the earned income tax credit. AdThe Republican-controlled Mississippi House has passed legislation that would phase out the state income tax, cut the grocery tax in half and increase the sales tax on most items. Laura Kelly, who vetoed two GOP tax-cutting bills in 2019, welcomed the restrictions on using federal pandemic aid to offset tax cuts. “I’m glad that we can’t use this money for tax cuts," Kelly said.
Kansas Democrats excited about ex-GOP lawmaker's Senate bid
A very sharp mind, but independent in her thinking, said former state Rep. Tom Moxley, a moderate Republican and central Kansas rancher and farmer. Bollier won her Kansas Senate seat in 2012. She's very task-oriented," said Joan Wagnon, a former Kansas Democratic Party chairwoman and ex-Topeka mayor. She will have a very liberal voting record, if she would get to the Senate, Marshall said. Nine conservative GOP senators joined in a statement that excoriated Bollier's remarks as offensive and anti-Catholic prejudice.She never was integrated into the Republican Party, said Kelly Arnold, a former Kansas Republican Party chairman.
China sanctions Cruz, Rubio, Smith, Brownback for criticism
Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, Rep. Chris Smith and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback were targeted, as was the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. The U.S. prohibited any property transactions by Americans with four senior Chinese officials and barred three of them from entering the U.S. The Trump administration has also slapped visa bans on Chinese officials deemed responsible for barring foreigners’ access to Tibet, along with those seen as enforcing a clampdown on civil rights in Hong Kong. Uighurs are mostly Muslim and their Turkic language, Muslim religion and central Asian culture make them distinct from China's Han majority. In October 2019, the United States imposed visa restrictions on Chinese officials “believed to be responsible for, or complicit in” the detention of Muslims in Xinjiang.